DSC is facilitating two Indo German Watershed Development (IGWDP) projects namely
Gayvachharda Watershed Project (IGWDP-1) of 1429 ha. and Zarda Watershed Project
(IGWDP-2) of 900 ha. in Meghraj. In IGWDP-1, 104 hectares were treated earlier under
soil and water conservation works such as bunding, nallaplugs etc.
Sixty six households benefitted from such interventions. About 60% of the IGWDP-1
activities have been completed in the interim phase and the project has entered
into a full implementation phase. The activities for interim phase of another 100
hectares have been initiated and the feasibility report including the physical and
financial planning for the next 3-4 years is being simultaneously prepared.
In IGWDP-2, during the year 2008-09, activities like bunding, earthen nallaplugs,
gullyplugs etc. were carried out in 101 hectares. During 2009-10, treatment of about
65 ha. benefitting 38 households was carried out. Some additional activities such
as smokeless chullas, paddle pumps, roof rain water harvesting units, transparent
fibre sheets for kitchen ceilings and creeper vegetables were suggested by NABARD.
An exposure visit was conducted for about 55 villagers of 10 villages to the College
of Technology and Engineering (CT&E) and Seva Mandir at Udaipur. The focus of this
visit was to help villagers understand the SWC activities and food processing such
as soya milk, ginger and turmeric. The villagers were also able to learn the processing
of agriculture produce and best practices of fodder development activities. In fact,
some participants even started making soya milk post the exposure visit.
Some of the major impacts resulting from the interventions carried out so far included
increase in water table, controlled soil erosion, moisture retention, conversion
of uncultivable land into cultivable land and reduction in migration.